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Old 12-05-2020, 08:08 AM
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Hey guys thought I would make a little review as I roll into 10 years of owning my 2011 ram 1500 big horn quad cab 4x4 hemi. Itís a pretty sour way to go into 10 years owning it as itís been in the shop for almost a month now but we will get into that.....

first off Iíll say I bought this truck when I was 21 first thing I did was take it out to the sand pit and run it though puddles and up hills so thatís how it began itís life. I totaled my Silverado at 6am going to work and owned this truck by 1pm that afternoon.

my first real issue was my own fault and I believe it caused me a lot of problems down the road and maybe 10 trips to the dealer. A few years into it I was with a group of trucks off roading in the snow with my almost stock ram and we were taking turns doing doughnuts (I know stupid stuff that makes you smile when your young). Here I am red lining it pulling on the wheel as hard as I can one front wheel staying motionless as the rest of the truck spins around it when you guessed it the power steering pump pops covers everything in the front end with power steering fluid.

took it to the dealer replaced the power steering pump, trans cooler and rack and pinion. After that was fixed I was in and out of the dealer since for serpentine belts front end bearings and such ever since.

other things I can remember going wrong with the truck I had a set of calipers replaced thermostat and housing, fuel pump and Iím sure Iím missing a few things

towed a lot with the truck. I owned a car for 5 years and only used the truck for towing and hauling lots of boat camper and everything else itís been a pretty good truck lots of minor issues until now and itís had hard use. It does have body cancer I didnít think that was a problem with the newer ones but it is.

so with a 135k on truck I was towing the boat home almost 4 weeks ago now and it started shaking real bad from running rough the check engine flashing but ran perfectly normal if I didnít try to accelerate over say 2k rpm. Iím thinking itís a air fuel sensor or something so I call my dealer I have been using for 10 years and they canít get me in until middle week. For the first time I take it to another dealer because they can get me in Monday and itís been hell ever since. Something about the crank or cam shaft and lifters needed to get a new engine in it.

The first two weeks they said the warranty and inspectors were holding them up. Then they have had excuses one after another. First the new long block can with a bad throttle body. Then the spark plug was bad so they are replacing all 16 of them. Last excuse was they must have damaged the evaporator coil installing the engine and they need to replace that. Still waiting for there excuse today.

the worse thing about ram trucks are there dealers! Lucky this will all be covered under warranty and cost me about 100$ here are some pictures of the truck and toys Iíve hauled with it






Old 12-05-2020, 08:20 AM
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Nice write up. Tough to make an assessment on RAM trucks in general given some of the abuse saw early in its life. With that said, if youíve had the truck for 10 years and itís handled all the tasks youíve wanted it to handle, Iíd call it a win at the margin.
Old 12-05-2020, 10:51 AM
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Sounds like a complete POS to be honest. Even though it was driven hard, there are plenty others that are treated the same way and survive with only routine maintenance.
Old 12-05-2020, 11:05 AM
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The cams and lifters in the 5.7 are a known issue..Lower oil pressure at idle leads to premature wear.
Any vehicle that has a fluid sprayed under the hood is bound to show problems down the road. Brakes issues are more than acceptable due to how it's been used. My '03 7.3 F-250 has gone thru about 10 sets of brakes, Ive used powerstops in it for years. I have a 2017 4x4 1500CC Big Horn that I absolutely love. It's essentially my daily driver. Tires, oil changes 1 set of brakes since I bought it with 32kmiles(now at 64k). All in all they are great trucks. They don't hold any resale but they are 10%-15% less expensive upfront than a comparable trick of another brand.
Their interiors are well beyond most other comparable trucks. Their ride is much better as well due to coil suspension vs. leaf springs.

Hope ya get her back soon...she's been pretty decent to ya.
Old 12-05-2020, 12:56 PM
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They finally called said it was ready so I rushed down to get it show up I start it from cold and thereís a bad knock I never heard and the steering is very stiff and lumpy. I go back in and they play stupid of course and I leave without my truck. This is getting irritating
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Got noottin else on this one other than I hope they get yah back on the road soon.
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Which warranty does it fall under. Factory drivetrain warranty, Chrysler care, or something else? I have a 2008 that is factory lifetime, and caught all sorts of hell getting a motor replacement approved. Short version is that the dealer was trying to run it under one warranty program, which did have a long approval process, whereas going through all of those approvals was completely unnecessary. I found that out had a second dealer after the engine install got botched, which took out the transmission. That dealer was awesome, and worked some good favors through Chrysler corporate to have things expedited on the repair side, and provide me with a rental due to all of the other nonsense I had been through.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Which warranty does it fall under. Factory drivetrain warranty, Chrysler care, or something else? I have a 2008 that is factory lifetime, and caught all sorts of hell getting a motor replacement approved. Short version is that the dealer was trying to run it under one warranty program, which did have a long approval process, whereas going through all of those approvals was completely unnecessary. I found that out had a second dealer after the engine install got botched, which took out the transmission. That dealer was awesome, and worked some good favors through Chrysler corporate to have things expedited on the repair side, and provide me with a rental due to all of the other nonsense I had been through.
its also a lifetime maxi care warranty. I have a good feeling that this is also a botched install and going to give me years of trouble when everything should be good as new. I will be back to my original dealer as soon as this is over with hopefully they take me back with open arms 😂
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Originally Posted by BST24351 View Post
its also a lifetime maxi care warranty. I have a good feeling that this is also a botched install and going to give me years of trouble when everything should be good as new. I will be back to my original dealer as soon as this is over with hopefully they take me back with open arms 😂
My understanding is Max Care is the one that requires all the extra approvals. My dealer was running the factory warranty through the max care channels, which added a ton of time unnecessarily. I ended up calling Chrysler corporate to get things pushed along. The regional warranty manager was in limbo at the time, and they evidently had no one actually looking at warranty files while he was in training for several weeks. End result worked out well, 215k 11 year old truck with a fresh motor and transmission...but damn it was a pain to get straightened out.
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I owned a Dodge Ram for about 7 yrs. Sold it because it only had the 5.2 and it was really weak. Never had any problems with it while I owned it however. But I know what you mean about how bad the dealerships are. I typically do all of my own auto maintenance and repairs, but twice (while the truck was in for annual state inpsection at the local Dodge dealership) I had them do very basic maintenance. On one occaision, I had them change the transmission fluid. One another occaision, clean the throttle body. They managed to screw both of those up. With the transmission fluid change, the transmission pan gasket was leaking after they had dropped the pan to change it. With the throttle body, they just flat out didn't do it, yet they charged me for it. The next day, when I pulled the air cleaner housing to inspect their work is when I found out they hadn't touched it. Called them back. Service manager was in disbelief. Then he talked to the mechanic that was supposed to have done the work, and the mechanic told him he didn't do it because he didn't have a gasket that was needed for the job. I just had them refund my money. Had I not checked, I would've never have known I paid to have nothing done.
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I owned an '07 for 10 years/225k miles and for the most part it was trouble-free. Got towed once when an idler pulley froze and the serpentine belt broke. Fuel pump failed (in driveway) at 210k miles. Replaced the front cv axles at around 175K. Otherwise routine maintenance and chasing the typical rust spots above the rear wheel wells. My '17 Big Horn is a significant improvement and hopefully holds up as well.
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Same engine and drivetrain in my '07 Jeep. No real problems other than having to get the Integrated Power module under the hood replaced a few years ago. Engine, trans, drivetrain is good. Replaced a pinion seal on the rear axle, rear cv joint on the front driveshaft, and that's it. The rest has been just normal maintenance, brakes, shocks, tune ups etc. Only 114,000 miles though. I've used Mobil 1 syn oil since I've owned it (bought it at 2.5 years old and paid about half the retail price with 25000 miles, great deal because gas was $4.00 a gallon then in 2009). My favorite vehicle and I'd own another Grand Cherokee but only with the 5.7 Hemi. My local dealer is pretty good for repairs. I had them do the integrated power module since that required scanners you really don't have if your are a driveway mechanic and those front shocks, no way I was going to try to do those with a spring compressor (Coil over shock design, pretty much the same on all trucks today except 2500 series Rams and Fords).
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Originally Posted by LouC View Post
those front shocks, no way I was going to try to do those with a spring compressor (Coil over shock design, pretty much the same on all trucks today except 2500 series Rams and Fords).
I forgot to mention that I replaced those on my '07 RAM 1500. I opted for the pre-assembled shock/spring and it was still a bitch of a job. The lower bolts thru the a-arm or whatever it's called did not want to come out, otherwise it would have been a pretty quick job.
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Originally Posted by Cobia 217 View Post
I forgot to mention that I replaced those on my '07 RAM 1500. I opted for the pre-assembled shock/spring and it was still a bitch of a job. The lower bolts thru the a-arm or whatever it's called did not want to come out, otherwise it would have been a pretty quick job.
When I had mine done I had the shop replace the lower clevis bolt bushings with MOOG bushings I got off of Rock auto and had them use new bolts that I greased up with OMC triple guard grease. If I ever have to have them done again it might be easy for the next guy! My future plan for this Jeep may be a 2" OME lift in which case you replace the shock/spring/Isolator as one unit. So might try it myself, if I'm feeling brave/confident. I'd have a shop install the springs on the OME shocks with their wall spring compressor. The rears are easy to do.
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I traded in my 2011 ram 1500 back in august for a 2020. Let me tell you, that truck was solid. Never had a major issue with it. The only thing that plagued me was the door lock actuators were junk. Each door failed at least once. The exhaust manifold bolts failed on one side and needed replacement. The other side where cackling at me on cold starts.

My biggest issue was the dealership that serviced the truck. Their communication skills were second only to a toddler. It was unreal how bad they were. Iím taking a chance on another but using a different dealer this time.
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Originally Posted by c_m_25 View Post
I traded in my 2011 ram 1500 back in august for a 2020. Let me tell you, that truck was solid. Never had a major issue with it. The only thing that plagued me was the door lock actuators were junk. Each door failed at least once. The exhaust manifold bolts failed on one side and needed replacement. The other side where cackling at me on cold starts.

My biggest issue was the dealership that serviced the truck. Their communication skills were second only to a toddler. It was unreal how bad they were. Iím taking a chance on another but using a different dealer this time.
I please tell me your talking about performance dodge 😂
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My 11 Ram has new cam and lifters last year under 60k miles !
Dealer repaired and replaced oil pump and the radiator broke while working on it and they replaced that too .
Itís a Dodge ...
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So you abused a truck for 10 years, with some of the problems now most likely related to injuries in the past, then you continued to drive it with the CEL flashing (constant on is one thing, flashing is bad), and now that it's slowly getting fixed under warranty on a 10 year old truck you are complaining?
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Originally Posted by jobowker View Post
So you abused a truck for 10 years, with some of the problems now most likely related to injuries in the past, then you continued to drive it with the CEL flashing (constant on is one thing, flashing is bad), and now that it's slowly getting fixed under warranty on a 10 year old truck you are complaining?
absolutely. Whatís so hard about fixing a truck in a timely manor? I paid extra for a warranty should I be great full that they are honoring it? The check engine light was flashing only when I tried to accelerate and was not even on cruising at 55-60 mph the rest of the way home.

I abused my truck by using it like a truck. Sorry itís not a grocery getter
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Mine (2O14) is slowly falling apart and other than the occasion light tow it is a grocery getter.

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